from Profumo di Svolta community
The majority of students in Matera once out of high school decide to leave their hometown to attend university somewhere else. This lack of young people in that age range can be partially related to that great lack of energy and active citizenship that is found in many other italian towns.
“Profumo di Svolta” (literally “Fragrance of change”) is born in February 2013, generated by the common feeling of many students who left Matera to attend universities all over Italy, to keep in touch and above all, to keep trying to change their hometown into a better place, filling the gap created by the the many who went away.
Our group is made out of 20 people. Our website www.profumodisvolta.it contains our manifesto and it is weekly updated with thoughts, stories from our initiatives and many other articles. We are really active on the social network, particularly on facebook where our readers (recently we celebrated the one thousand fans goal) can follow our activities and get in touch with us. We think that the web is a great tool to stay connected regardless of distances, but it will never substitute the real activism of a real community.
Last summer we were all in Matera and we have organized some activities that have involved a lot of citizens and that have driven us to continue on this way. One of the most interesting initiatives was the removal of tags and scrawls on the Sassi’s walls (particular kind of walls made of tuff stone, a type of igneous rock widespread in our area); this enterprise has involved almost a hundred guys throughout two days of activities and that appreciated a lot by press and social networks.
We believe that LOTE could be the right place in which:
introduce ourselves and our manifesto to the Edgeryders;
describe the condition of students and young people in Matera;
debate the initiatives that we have planned in Matera (also showing pictures and videos) and those that we would like to organize;
ask you some advices and collect your important feedback.
We think that our session will last an hour and we ask you to allow us to do it on days 1st and 2nd of November, when we non-resident students will be in Matera.